Tutorial: Harlequin Heart
List of products used;
DecoArt paints and mediums
White Modeling Paste
Distressed Harlequin Stencil 12x12
White Antiquing Cream
Metallic Lustre Copper Kettle
Mattalic Lustre Gold Rush
Ultra Matte Varnish
Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff
Media Fluid Acrylics Prussian Blue Hue
Media Fluid Acrylics Primary Cyan
Media Fluid Acrylics Colbalt Turquoise Hue
Media Fluid Acrylics Paynes Grey
Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold
Media Fluid Acrylics Cadmium Red Hue
Stampendous Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel
Clear Embossing Stamp Pad
Greyboard embellishments from Tando Creative
Using a palette knife, roughly draw DecoArt White Modeling Paste through the Distressed Harlequin Stencil. Allow time for the paste to dry fully before coating the piece in White Gesso.
Paint the piece in Titan Buff and let dry before laying the stencil back over, lining up the stencil with the raised edges of the modeling paste.
Using a stiff stenciling brush go over the stencil with Prussian Blue Hue, Primary Cyan and Cobalt Turquoise Hue. To create a blended look use the same brush, without washing between colours.
Age the piece by applying layers of a Paynes Grey and Quinacridone Gold wash. Build up the wash from light to dark, allowing the wash to pool around the raised areas created by the modeling paste.
Let the wash layers dry naturally before dry brushing the piece with Titan Buff.
Introduce guilding flakes to the background by once again lying the stencil down over the original area and applying glue in certain areas.
Remove the stencil and cover the piece with guilding flakes, allowing them to adhere to the glue. Remove any excess with a sponge.
Remember to wash your stencil immediately to remove any sticky residue.
Select your design embellishments. For this tutorial I have chosen greyboard hearts, the smaller of which have been painted in Titan Buff and the larger in Cadmium Red Hue. The tag has been painted in Metallic Gold.
To give the hearts added texture, embossing them roughly with a clear embossing stamp pad and Aged Ivory Embossing Powder. Leaving areas clear of the powder gives a more distressed effect. Edge the small hearts with Metallic Lustre Copper Kettle.
Add Crackle Glaze to the red heart and let dry, spreading thicker amounts of the glaze will result in larger crackles whereas thinner layers of glaze with produce fine cracks.
Once the glaze is fully dry spread White Antiquing Cream over the heart allowing it to penetrate the cracks. Buff away the excess with a a damp cloth and edge the heart in Metallic Lustre Gold Rush.
Begin layering up your design, let the heart embellishments overlap one another securing them in place with glue and foam pads where raised.
Add the central heart motif using foam pads to raise it from the surface of the background and finish with a sentiment in the top right corner. Edge the board in Metallic Luster Copper Kettle to frame and finish.
Happy Crafting! x x x